Rundu man who died at clinic had Covid

26 November 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe



RUNDU

The 32-year-old man who took his last breath under a mango tree outside the Sauyemwa clinic last Thursday - after nurses allegedly refused to attend to him because he did not have a medical passport - had contracted Covid-19. This after he had received one jab of the Sinopharm vaccine.

This is according to test results the late Mario Mingandja’s family showed Namibian Sun on Wednesday.

Mingandja only received one dose of Sinopharm on 11 May.

The Covid-19 test was conducted last Friday, a day after he died.

However, his cause of death has yet to be determined as a post-mortem has not been conducted.

While the family has placed blame squarely on the health professionals who allegedly refused to help the deceased on the fateful day, they are also calling on the health ministry to conduct the post-mortem as information has surfaced that the victim was assaulted four days before he died.

According to the family, they want justice to be served, saying they will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of what killed their loved one.

They are adamant that the deceased died of injuries he sustained after being assaulted, which they suspect led to him dying of internal bleeding.

Justice for Mario

“All we want is justice for Mario. We are now confused about what to believe because we don’t buy the story of him having Covid-19 because he showed no symptoms. Secondly, he was vaccinated, therefore it should not have taken his life so easily,” a family member said.

They also said they have since approached the people who assaulted the deceased; however, they denied the altercation.

“We approached the owner of the house where they dragged my brother into and assaulted him. That person told us that he did not assault him and that the post-mortem might vindicate him,” Mingandja’s sister said.

The family added that the police told them that witnesses to the assault should give statements which could assist law enforcers to compel the ministry to conduct a post-mortem.

When contacted for comment, Kavango East health director Timea Ngwira said a post-mortem can and will be conducted.

On the deceased’s death certificate, the cause of death has been left blank.

Meanwhile, his family said despite the issues surrounding the death, the nurse who allegedly refused to assist Mingandja should be dealt with by the ministry.

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